Shuttle to serve Battlement Mesa until arrival of new grocery store
By MIKE WIGGINS
The Battlement Mesa Company has begun offering Battlement Mesa and Parachute residents free shuttle service to the Wal-Mart in Rifle while a new grocery store prepares to open in Battlement Mesa.
The service, which started Monday, runs with two, eight-passenger shuttle vans from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. It leaves Town Plaza every hour on the hour and returns to Town Plaza every hour on the half-hour.
Developers of the unincorporated community are offering the shuttle service after residents were caught off-guard by Sunday’s closure of City Market.
The grocer, which had operated in Battlement Mesa since 1983, and the Battlement Mesa Company were unable to come to terms on a new lease, leaving shoppers to drive to Rifle or Clifton for the nearest supermarket and pharmacy.
Clark’s Market has signed a lease to open a store in the building vacated by City Market, but Clark’s officials are remodeling the store and likely won’t open for another six to eight weeks, Eric Schmela, president of the Battlement Mesa Company, said Wednesday.
“We understand that residents are concerned that they will be without a much-needed pharmacy or grocery store during this time of transition,” Schmela said in a prepared statement.
“But this is absolutely not the case. We have the entire community’s best interests in mind, and by providing a free shuttle service five days a week, our residents will be able to easily fill prescriptions and buy groceries as well as any other needed household items.”
Schmela said only one person rode the shuttle bus each of the first two days it was available, but he expects the numbers to pick up as people learn about the service.
Schmela said the shuttle service will continue for a while after Clark’s Market opens because the store’s pharmacy may not be ready at the same time the store is.